The N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature is an award given for the best work of criticism, of any length, on the topic of electronic literature. Bestowed by the Electronic Literature Organization and funded through a generous donation from N. Katherine Hayles and others, this annual prize recognizes excellence in the field. The Prize for 1st Place comes with a $1000 award, with a plaque showing the name of the winner and an acknowledgement of the achievement, and a one-year membership in the Electronic Literature Organization at the Associate Level. One prize for Honorable Mention is awarded and consists of a plaque showing the name of the winner and an acknowledgement of the achievement, and a one-year membership in the Electronic Literature Organization at the Associate Level. The submission form can be found here.
We invite critical works of any length and genre. Submissions must follow these guidelines:
- This is an open submission. Self nominations and nominations are both welcome. Membership in the Electronic Literature Organization is not required.
- There is no cost involved in nominations. This is a free and open award aimed at rewarding excellence.
- Three finalists for the award will be selected by a jury of specialists in electronic literature; N. Katherine Hayles or a representative of hers will choose the winner from among the finalists.
- Because of the nature of online publishing, it is not possible to conduct a blind review of the submissions; the jury will be responsible for fair assessment of the work.
- Those nominated may only have one work considered for the prize. In the event that several works are identified for a nominee, the nominee will choose the work that he or she wishes to be juried.
- All works must have already been published or made available to the public within 18 months, no earlier than July 2016.
- Online works can be submitted either as a URL linking to an online site. Digital works can uploaded via the online submission form. Five copies of other materials (e.g. CD, Flash Drive) should be mailed to
Nicholas Schiller, Office Coordinator
Electronic Literature Organization
Creative Media & Digital Culture Program
Washington State University Vancouver
14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98686
- Nominations by self or others must include a 250-word description of the work’s impact in the field.
- Those making the nomination or the nominees themselves are responsible for submitting materials for jurying. Physical materials will be returned via a self-addressed mailer.
- Nominees and the winner retain all rights to their works. If copyright allows, ELO will be given permission to share the work or portions of it on the award webpage. Journals and presses that have published the winning work will be acknowledged on the award webpage.
- The winner is not expected to attend the ELO conference banquet in Porto, Portugal though it is encouraged. The award will be mailed to the winner following the conference.
Nomination Submissions Period: December 1, 2018-April 1, 2019
Jury Deliberations: April 15- June 1, 2019
Award Announcement: ELO Conference Banquet, Cork, Ireland
For more information about the Award, contact Dene Grigar, The Electronic Literature Organization, firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission form can be found here. After nominating, you will receive a message verifying your submission.